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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Mike LORD <>
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 10:04:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Pls. respond

Dear Partner,
How are you today? Please treat this message as urgent because my lawyer has succeeded to obtain all the inheritance documents for this claim, which is already submitted to the bank. The good news is that the bank has approved $1.200, 000.00 USD (One Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and now waiting to release the fund to a foreigner who can stand as the next of kin to our late customer.
Please can we trust you as our foreign partner?  Because I contacted you in order to present you as the next of kin to our late customer since he did not left any next of kin, and we will not like in a situation whereby the fund will be transferred into your bank account then you disappear with the total fund.
My dear, If you’re interested to archive this business with us, please urgently respond back to me as soon as you receive this message, so that I can advice you with more details and to enable you provide your bank information were the bank can transfer the funds to you as the right beneficiary, since my lawyer has already submitted all the legal documents regarding this claim, definitely it will take only 7 (seven) working days to release the fund immediately they receive your bank account, so we are expecting to hear from you as soon as you read this message and accept to share with us.
Please respond to my private email address at and do understand that this business is 100% risk free and you have to keep it confidential until the fund transferred into your account safely, as we cannot afford to loose this opportunity.
We have agreed to share this fund with you as our foreign partner, and I will be coming to your country with my lawyer immediately you confirm the fund in your bank account for the sharing and good investment.
Thank you.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Mike LORD.
(Account officer)

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